Monthly Archives: May 2011

Reprise: Clara Barton & the 13th

Painting by famed Civil War artist Mort Kunstler of Red Cross-founder Clara Barton on December 15, 1862, at Chatham Plantation near Fredericksburg, VA,  serving a Confederate POW—identified as Captain Thurman Thomas of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Or was he? … Continue reading

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A slave takes his master home

The bodies of two men of the 13th Mississippi Regiment, left in the town when the brigade withdrew on the evening of Dec. 11, were discovered after Christmas in the rubble of some shelled and destroyed Fredericksburg homes. One was … Continue reading

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A dull Christmas

Christmas Eve, 1862. The 13th Mississippi and the rest of Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade spent the eve and Christmas Day itself, a Thursday, on picket duty in Fredericksburg. At least the weather was “clear and warm for the season,” William H. … Continue reading

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Burnside is Lee’s Quartermaster

Private William Little Davis, of the Winston Guards,  wrote a long letter home to Louisville, MS, according to independent historian Jess N. McLean. On Friday, Dec. 19, 1862, Davis was still finishing it, on picket duty in Fredericksburg, “in the … Continue reading

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Burnside’s truce

Finally, on Monday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1862, Gen. Burnside called for a truce to bury the Union dead and, as independent historian Shelby Foote wrote in his narrative trilogy of the war, “relieve such of his wounded as had survived … Continue reading

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The Northern Lights

Many authors of fact and fiction about the Battle of Fredericksburg have written about the startling appearance of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, in the sky the bitterly cold night of Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862, when the battlefield below … Continue reading

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Aftermath

The battlefield was again foggy, but also with a smoky mist from the previous day’s fighting, as well as very quiet on the morning of Dec. 14, 1862—except for the pitiful groans and cries for water from the Union wounded, … Continue reading

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